Christmas Lights, Holiday Plays, and Winter Festivities Guide

Uncovering Oklahoma’s Holiday Guide highlights the various winter festivities, such as Christmas Lights, plays, and winter sports, happening throughout Oklahoma. Events and Performing Arts are sorted by Date, while everything else is alphabetically.

For fall activities, check out the Halloween/Fall Guide. Looking for New Year Celebrations? Read the New Year’s Celebrations Guide.

This guide is regularly updated, so check back. Some listings may be placeholders, so if you see last year’s date, then I haven’t been able to confirm the event for this year. Before traveling, double-check with venues on social media for status updates, as weather can be an issue, or a place may be rented for a private event.

Arts and Entertainment

Christmastime is coming to Enid with numerous family-friendly events, concerts, and performances scheduled throughout the season. Beginning in November, visitors to Enid can enjoy holiday décor and yuletide cheer at various local businesses and events.

WHERE: Artesian Hotel
1001 West 1st Street, Sulphur

This Christmas season, escape to the Artesian and rediscover all the holidays offer. From dazzling décor to scenic carriage rides, this year’s Classic Christmas is one you won’t soon forget.

Skaters on the Devon Ice Rink - photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 West Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City

As the leaves fall and the temperatures dip down to the freezing mark, the Devon Ice Rink will open for its ninth season at Myriad Botanical Gardens. As one of the premier attractions of Downtown in December, the rink is located on the transformed Seasonal Plaza and features 5500 square feet of real ice, skate rentals, seasonal food, and beverage offerings. Take part in all magical about the holiday season and skate under the skyline and twinkle lights strung across the rink.

Downtown in December is a series of holiday events and attractions in Oklahoma City. It’s a one-of-a-kind winter experience that features thrilling outdoor ice skating, a tree lighting festival, afternoon visits with Santa Claus, a festive holiday run, snow tubing, free water taxi excursions, performing arts, shopping, and parties that are all surrounded by twinkling holiday lights.

The video is from a previous year, but many of the same events happen regularly.

WHERE: Mitch Park
1501 West Covell Road, Edmond

Mitch Park in Edmond is home to an outdoor ice skating rink and a holiday light trail. Luminance is the new walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public at the park during the month of December.

Luminance is a walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public in Mitch Park.

Residents and visitors experience a one-of-a-kind holiday lights celebration that features more than 40 large individual displays along with lighting on trees, pathways and pavilions in the park. Edmond hosts the only walk-through 3D holiday light display in Oklahoma, ensuring visitors will see something they’ve never seen before. 

Luminance takes place in Mitch Park, which is a dog-friendly park. All dogs are to be on a leash and picked up after a while in the park. 

WHERE: Downtown Guthrie

Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas began as a hometown holiday event in 1995 when a group of merchants and citizens decided to celebrate Christmas as it had been in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory after the Land Run of 1889. Their biggest draw is the Victorian Walk Evenings, where you can spend an evening strolling brick streets enjoying life as it was in Christmas past.

Windows throughout the Downtown Historic District come alive with living scenes depicting the season’s joys. During the Victorian Walk Evenings, watch for roving carolers and peanut vendors in the streets, shopkeepers and elegant folks dressed for the celebration in period costumes, and the welcoming ambiance you’ve come to expect in Historic Guthrie.

WHERE: Frontier City
11501 North I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City

Enjoy Christmas lights, visits with Santa Claus, rides, holiday shows, and more at Frontier City every weekend this holiday season.

LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa

The time has come to bundle up and enjoy the magical spirit of the holidays as Tulsa’s favorite winter festival returns to downtown Tulsa.

LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa

Gathering Place will transform into a Winter Wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights on the QuikTrip Great Lawn! We’ll spread holiday cheer with live holiday music, a winter market with holiday gifts made by local vendors, an elf dance party, festive food, and holiday drinks. Guests can visit ONEOK Boathouse to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and engage in hands-on activities at the Winter Wonderland workshop for kids of all ages.

Christmas Lights, Holiday Lights, and other Bright Spots
Lights on Broadway in Automobile Alley, part of Downtown Oklahoma City - photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: 4th to 10th Street on Broadway Avenue in Oklahoma City
WHEN: November – January

Take in the breathtaking display of holiday lights each winter. Visit the district to see more than 600,000 colorful LED lights draped over buildings in a dazzling display of Christmas cheer. The light display is easily seen from your car, but if you want to truly get into the holiday spirit, you should get out and take it in on foot. Or, hop aboard the OKC Streetcar and tour lights all around downtown.

Lights in Bricktown, Oklahoma City - photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: Bricktown, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November – January
ADMISSION: Parking fee varies by location/time

The Bricktown Canal Lights display will brighten your Bricktown experience. As you stroll the canal, enjoy the dining and shopping along downtown OKC’s premier entertainment district under the gorgeous holiday lights. The light display is free to the public. Keep an eye out for Santa as he tours downtown events on his segway and delivers goodies for kids and adults.

STARTING POINT: Holiday Pop-Up Shops
399 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City

Experience downtown Oklahoma City’s Holiday lights in a new way by biking through Automobile Alley and Heritage Hills with Ride OKC. You’ll see stunning festive light displays while listening to your favorite holiday tunes. Worried about being cold? We have you covered with a warm and delicious cup of hot chocolate from Katy Bug’s Sips and Sweets.

This Ride OKC special edition tour lasts 1.5 hours and includes a unique experience, a local guide, a bottle of water, and hot chocolate. Don’t own a bike? Just add a bike or kids trailer rental at check out.

WHERE: Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Drive in Sulphur

Embrace the holiday season with a spectacular drive-thru light display at the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s Celebration of Lights. Their light extravaganza features dozens of displays with traditional Christmas themes, as well as their own unique cultural additions.

ADMISSION: Free; however, extra cost for events

Through the power of community spirit, Chickasha’s Festival of Lights is a worthy visit. All decorations are designed and hand-made in Chickasha with the help of thousands of volunteers. This free event does have some paid extras, such as ice skating, carriage rides, and photos with Santa, available for a charge. For more information, directions, and special event dates, visit their website at

WHERE: 3400 West Fern Mountain Road, Muskogee

At the Christmas Kingdom, drive through Castleton Village, filled with thousands of holiday inflatables and colorful lights, creating an unforgettable display. Open every night, Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Eve. Admission for the drive-through is free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Some activities, such as the Christmas Train, Pony Rides, and Holiday Hayride, have a fee.

Take a hayride or a carriage ride through the Village, or ride the ponies or the camel! Don’t miss the petting zoo. Stop inside The Castle for the Christmas Shoppe, free family movies, unique merchants, and the cafe. Make ornaments in Santa’s workshop and warm up by the fireplace.

WHERE: Downs Family Home
2900 72nd Avenue SE, Norman

With over 18 miles of light strands, the Downs Family transforms their countryside property into a Christmas Musical Experience, syncing several Christmas songs to lights. The experience is similar to going to a drive-in movie where patrons park on the field, turn their radio to 107.1 FM, and watch the show. The show is free, with them only collecting food and cash donations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

WHERE: Honor Heights Park
1400 Honor Heights Drive in Muskogee

The Muskogee Parks and Recreation Department presents Garden of Lights, a display of over 1.2 million lights decorating the trees, bushes, and walkways throughout Honor Heights Park. As you drive through the park, a beautiful, glittering display is timed to holiday music. Don’t miss the ice rink, refreshments, and gift shop.

This family tradition began in 1995 with just 44 displays and has grown to be the largest animated light display in a five-state region with more than 100 animated light displays. The one-and-a-half-mile-long drive boasts over one million lights in the heart of Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Enjoy the amazing 118-foot Christmas tree illuminated with over 9,000 LED bulbs, the impressive tunnel of lights, Santa fly fishing in a 15-foot waterfall, elves baking in the candy factory, and so much more!

To get to the lights from I-40 or I-240, exit Douglas Blvd. North and follow the Snowflakes heading West on S.E 15th to the entrance at Century Blvd.

A wonderful holiday tradition returns at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve with the spectacular Wonderland of Lights. The grounds and buildings of Woolaroc will be open and covered with over 750,000 lights as the historic ranch transforms into a magical winter wonderland! Again this year, the main drive to the campus will be reversed, allowing guests the unique view, seen only this time of year, of the buildings across from Clyde Lake, outlined in lights. Join us for wagon rides, cookies, and hot cocoa in the lodge (not included in the admission price), and see Woolaroc lit up at night! 

No advance purchase of admission. Pay at the front gate upon entry. Please note that the front gate closes at 8:30 pm. 

Woolaroc is located 12 miles SW of Bartlesville on State Highway 123 and 45 miles NW of Tulsa. For more information, call Woolaroc at 918-336-0307, extension 100 or 101.

ADMISSION: Free – Donations Merrily Accepted

Holiday excitement and free family fun are in store at Yukon’s breathtaking Christmas in the Park, a magical wonderland of visual entertainment offered starting the Saturday before Thanksgiving at 6 p.m., then running from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night through New Year’s Eve. Motorists from across the country drive along nearly three miles of illuminated fun in three inter-connected city parks to see 5 million twinkling lights and over 500 one-of-a-kind lighted displays. Guests may also enjoy walking through the lights or, for a small fee, riding the Santa Express Train.

The tour starts in Yukon City Park, winds through Freedom Trail, then concludes at Chisholm Trail Park. 

Walkers: stop by several “selfie stations” scattered throughout the parks. These festive stations are a great backdrop for a family photo or your next profile picture. Be sure to tag the City of Yukon in your pictures! Walkers, as well as those who want to visit Santa, are encouraged to park in the Oklahoma Parking Lot, located on the north end of Chisholm Trail Park.

At the Santa Express Train Station, young and old alike will love taking photos in the adorable Gingerbread Family Photo Cutouts, in the airplane, on the toy train or by Czechers, the massive Polar Bear! The recently added singing Christmas tree is sure to add some magic to your visit. For a small fee, the ever-popular Santa Express Train carries you on an enchanting ride among millions of Christmas lights.

A new 30-foot RGB Christmas Tree presents a stunning light show throughout your visit. Enjoy animations and dancing lights, all synched to your favorite Christmas tunes. Other recent additions include a majestic unicorn and a juggling dragon.

Admission is free, and donations are merrily accepted. When you exit Chisholm Trail Park, don’t forget to stop by the Character House for selfies with your favorite Christmas characters. Santa will even make appearances Friday and Saturday evenings!

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Holiday Shopping Events

WHERE: Oklahoma State Fair
3001 General Pershing Blvd in Oklahoma City

The Santa Market is one of OKC’s largest craft shows. Come see us at the State Fair Park for an incredible shopping experience! All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma!

The Holiday Pop-Up Shops in 2014 photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: 397 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City

A holiday shopping village in the heart of Midtown! Visit over 50 independent shops, an urban Christmas tree lot managed by Bishop John Carroll School, and much more at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes (though for 2020 the domes are not there) and the tree lot is available until trees sell out.

WHERE: Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market

Sleigh Bells Market returns to the OKC Farmers Market Building in Oklahoma City! Two floors of vendors with vintage, handmade and local goods! Holiday drinks will be served by the Farmers Market Bar. There are no direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors at this event. Owned and produced by Revolve Productions.

WHERE: Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center
1700 West Independence Street in Shawnee

Come do some holiday shopping with great vendors bringing vintage Christmas, holiday goods, handmade goods, boutique items, and gifts! There are no direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors at this event. Owned and produced by Revolve Productions.

Promo for the food travel show, Take A Bite with Phi. Produced by The Show Starts Now Studios.
Concerts, Performing Arts and Parades

WHERE: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
2501 North Blackwelder, Oklahoma City

The Christmas classic follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

WHERE: 120 West Harrison Avenue, Guthrie

Over 30 years, 1,000 performances, and 150,000 patrons, A Territorial Christmas Carol is back in this reimagining of Dicken’s classic tale! Come experience Christmas with the entire family in the heart of historic downtown Guthrie.

A Christmas Carol by Lyric Theatre - promo photo

WHERE: Harn Homestead
1721 N. Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City

Closing the year, Oklahoma’s favorite holiday tradition, Lyric’s A Christmas Carol. In Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, three magical ghosts whisk the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge away on an unforgettable adventure of transformation and redemption. Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, The Fezziwigs, and a host of unforgettable characters spring to life in Lyric’s spectacular production sparking the holiday spirit in audiences of all ages. You’ll go from humbug to happy in one magical night under the stars.

WHERE: Carpenter Square Theatre
806 West Main Street, Oklahoma City

No holiday shows are listed as they work on their new building!

WHERE: Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
2920 Paseo, Oklahoma City

Join Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park for a celebration of the life and love of Jane Austen, as seen through the eyes of her most beloved characters, this Holiday season! Dance, sing, and eat sweet treats among a wonderful cast of characters in their finery for the Christmas holidays. Celebrate and play along as you witness her most famous love stories come to life before your eyes. Bring your dancing shoes and dress in your best, or just come as you are and enjoy the show. Participation is welcome, and cheer is infectious!

WHERE: Gaslight Theatre
221 North Independence, Enid

A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story.  A fun-filled Family Adventure telling the original Dickens’ tale of redemption and joy!

WHERE: Stockyards City Main Street
1307 South Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 3, 2022, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Stockyards City Main Street invites you to Historic Stockyards City for the annual Cowboy Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3rd!  The festivities kick off at 10:00 a.m. with the Slash O Ranch Longhorns leading the parade.   Also included in the parade are equestrian groups, marching bands, antique cars, community groups, law enforcement, pageant royalty, the famous Cowboy Santa, and much more!  

Following the parade, there will be lots of other activities.  You can get your picture made with Cowboy Santa at Stockyards Central, 2312 Exchange Avenue.  Oklahoma Opry performers will be providing live entertainment and there will be a Made in Oklahoma Market next to Little Joe’s Boots. 

Shop the unique locally owned stores.  You might even find a few surprises, so plan on stayin’ a while! 

WHERE: Oklahoma City Improv Theatre
1757 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City

It’s the most hilarious time of the year as OKC Improv spreads its annual holiday cheer by bringing multiple nights of nonstop laughter!

WHERE: Sooner Theatre
101 East Main Street, Norman

WHERE: OKC Civic Center Music Hall
201 North Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City

All will be merry and bright as Oklahoma City’s favorite holiday production, The Nutcracker, fills the Civic Center in a warm glow this December. Tchaikovsky’s familiar score and Artistic Director Robert Mills’ delightful staging come together as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince journey to adventurous places beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. An Oklahoma City favorite, this joyous production awaits you and yours this holiday season.

WHERE: Downtown Tulsa
WHEN: December 10, 2022, at 11:00 am

Since 1926, the Tulsa Christmas Parade has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Tulsa. In its early days, when Tulsa was a new town booming with rapid growth from the recent discovery of oil, the Christmas parade quickly became an annual tradition that has continued to be a favorite event.

WHERE: OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center, 7777 South May Avenue, Oklahoma City

Grab your family and friends for an incredible performance and reimagining of the classic holiday story! Follow Carlos on his hip-hop journey to self-discovery through magical lands filled with larger-than-life characters.

Poos says RACE’s Hip Hop Nutcracker also advances the organization’s mission to bring social awareness and change through dance performances, education, and community engagement. Data regarding the OKCPS student population shows that 54% of students are Hispanic, which inspired RACE to translate two of the shows into Spanish and host a humanities panel after the Saturday matinees discussing the immigrant experience in America. To eliminate financial and language barriers for low-income families, RACE will offer these events for free to create meaningful artistic opportunities for Hispanic communities.

“I wanted to adapt the story so that it was a little more relatable,” Hui Cha Poos said, founder of RACE Dance Collective. “Instead of a Clara, there’s a Carlos, and he’s not from a perfect nuclear family; he’s from a single-mom family. Instead of candy and all those other lands that are more just make-believe, he goes to a land called the Land of Possibilities, where Carlos sees what he imagines having a father would be like.”

By adapting a classic work to relate to modern children, Poos said she hopes to make dance feel more relevant to younger audiences.

WHERE: Downtown Norman
WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 6:00 pm

The Downtown Norman Christmas Parade route will begin at Main Street and Pickard Avenue (the Norman High School parking lot) and end at James Garner Avenue, in front of the railroad tracks.

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